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Kenley Jansen struggles, picks up fifth save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was not sharp yet again Thursday, but still managed to pick up his fifth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Giants.

Jansen entered the game with a two-run lead and allowed a run on one hit and a walk, the fifth time he has been scored on in 11 outings. He struck out two batters and was able to work out of trouble to close out the win.

Jansen has had an interesting start to the season, posting a 5.00 ERA through his first 11 appearances. He has 17 strikeouts and five walks, while allowing 13 hits in nine innings of work. He has five saves in seven opportunities. 

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Brendan Ryan will play simulated game Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan is scheduled to play in a simulated game Saturday in Tampa and remains on track to rejoin the team at some point in May, the Star-Ledger reports Thursday.

"He's got to go through a normal spring training," manager Joe Girardi said. "That will obviously be (sped) up because we could get him more at-bats in certain situations, but we'd like to see him get 40, 50 at-bats."

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Mark Teixeira expected to return Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira played three innings in an extended spring training game on Thursday and remains on track to return Sunday, MLB.com reports.

"He had a really good day," manager Joe Girardi said. "He played three innings today, got three at-bats, went first to third and felt really good. He's expected to play five [innings] tomorrow."

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David Robertson still on track for Tuesday return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Yankees closer David Robertson completed a bullpen session on Thursday without any issues and remains on track to return from the disabled list, when eligible, Tuesday against the Red Sox, MLB.com reports. Robertson was placed on the disabled list on April 7 due to a groin strain.

"I'll definitely try to focus more on stretching it a little better before games; kind of do my prep work a little better instead of just walking out to the bullpen," Robertson said.

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Buster Posey might rest Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants catcher Buster Posey might get the day off Friday against the Padres, after taking a foul ball off his shoulder late in Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He stayed in the game but manager Bruce Bochy told CNSBayArea.com afterwards he might give Posey to day off to rest it. 

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Micheal Cuddyer leaves with hamstring
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Padres in the seventh inning due to cramping in his left hamstring. The team is officially listing him as day to day moving forward, according to MLB.com.

Cuddyer went 0 for 3 in the game, dropping his batting average to .317,  the lowest it has been all season. 

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Mitch Moreland makes an impact in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland put together his first game with multiple RBI Thursday, in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.

Moreland came up with a couple of big hits in the game, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He drove in two runs in the first inning with a single and then one more in the third on a double.

Moreland is hitting .279/.333/.465 with seven RBI and six runs scored in 14 games.   

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Shin-Soo Choo hits first one out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hasn't provided much run production this season, but he found his power stroke in an 8-6 win over the Mariners Thursday.

Choo hit his first home run of the season Thursday, a solo shot in the second inning. He added a single later in the game, finishing 2 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts.

Choo hasn't hit for much power for the Rangers, but he has been doing his typically excellent job getting on base. Though he didn't hit his first home run until his 16th game of the season, he is hitting .293/.417/.414 on the season. 

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Joakim Soria bounces back for second save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rangers closer Joakim Soria shook off a few poor outings to pitch a perfect ninth Thursday, in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.

Soria retired the Mariners in order to record the save, his first perfect outing in mor than a week. He recorded one out via strikeout and picked up a pair of groundball outs as well.

Soria has a 6.00 ERA in his first six innings of work, though he also has six strikeouts to just two walks, with two saves in two chances.

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Pedro Figueroa picks up second win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rangers reliever Pedro Figueroa picked up his second win of the season Thursday, in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.

Figueroa pitched 1 2/3 innings without allowing a base runner, and the Rangers' offense rallied from an early deficit to go up 7-6 in the fifth inning. It was Figueroa's second win in a row, as he also picked up the win in the team's previous game.

Figueroa has allowed four earned runs in eight innings of work this season, all of which came during his first appearance. He has racked up seven straight scoreless appearances since. 

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